|Wittman Tailwind CNC pack, additional wood pack also available|
The Wittman Tailwind is probably the most famous aircraft youve never heard of. Steve Wittmans cheap home-build cross-country sportster kick-started the home build boom in the 1950s and its still being built and flown today.
Peter Millers 48" span model reproduces the Tailwinds pleasing lines and flies superbly well using a .20-.25 two-stroke or four-stroke equivalent engine. The huge fuselage means an electric conversion should be easy to engineer too.
The new CNC/Laser-cut parts set speeds up the build process by reproducing the ribs, formers and other parts (apart from strip balsa) required for the model while a wood completion pack that includes the strip and sheet balsawood is also available. The cowl is made using balsa and ply.
An electric conversion build blog can be found at www.modelflying.co.uk and builders can chat with designer Peter Miller in the friendly forum.
Data File: Name: Wittman Tailwind W-10
Model Type: Scale home-built
Designed by: Peter Miller
Fuselage length: 39"
Wing area: 360 sq in
All-up weight: 66oz
Wing loading: 26.4oz/sq ft
Functions (servos): Aileron (2); elevator (1); throttle (1); rudder (1); flap(2)
Recd Engine: .20-.25 two-stroke/ .26-.30 four-stroke;
Published in RCM&E, August 2010